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He Cares About You

He Cares About You

16 December 2009

Scripture:

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7 NLT)

Peter was writing to people who were facing persecution for their faith and facing social and economic hardship resulting from the persecution. In this part of chapter five, he has been addressing the leaders of the church and reminding them to selflessly care for the people in their congregations, serve them willingly, and lead them by good example. There’s a lot of pressure on leaders. The cares and concerns of their people become their own – because they really do care.

God cares about you. Sometimes the simplest truths are the most profound. Leaders care about their followers, bosses care about their employees, Dads care about their families, Moms care about their kids – we all carry burdens not just for ourselves, but for those we care about. It’s good to be reminded that there is someone who is willing to carry burdens for us because he cares about us. God cares about you and me. God cares about what happens to us.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

If you can, please take a few moments (or longer) and gather all your worries and cares into a bundle of conscious thought. Don’t leave them scattered around you as half-conscious anxieties, but identify them and gather them. Then using the prayer I’ve written or a prayer of your own, consciously and intentionally give them to God, leave them at his feet, and walk away free to act in faith, rejoice in hope, and rest in confident assurance and trust. He cares about you.

Prayer:

Father, I give you my cares and worries today. As I quiet myself in this moment, I think of my cares for my family, my friends, and for those I lead and influence. I think of my concerns about finances, work, health, and direction. I think of my concerns for my neighbors, my community, my nation, and the world. I think of my desire and concern to live my life in the way that most pleases you, best stewards your investment in me, and most completely fulfills your plan for me. I give you all my cares and worries because I know you care for me and the ones I care about. Amen.

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